The meditation practice from this week, "Meeting Asciepius", was overwhelming to me. I tried the exercise several times and was just not able to bond or respond to it. It was a frustrating due to being hard for me to stay focused for the great amount of time between the visualization topics. I think this was the hardest meditation practice that I have experienced. I really do not think this practice met my needs. I will have to abandon this one and continue with the other practices at this time. Mindfulness and meditation has fostered an increase in my psychological and spiritual wellness by showing me the importance and benefits that these practices have on integral health and human flourishing. The practices has encouraged me to do the things I need to do to better myself psychologically, physically, and spiritually. Also, it has shown me ways to meet integral health to become one and whole again. To continue this fostering of greater health and wellness, I will continue to grow integrally to sustain health, happiness, and wholeness.
"One cannot lead another where one has not gone himself" (Sclitz, M., Amorok, T., and Micozzi, M.S., 2005, p. 477). This is an inspiring quote and the meaning that I feel that it has is that one will not be able to effectively lead someone else into human flourishing if one is not utilizing human flourishing himself or has had experience in himself. This applies to the health and wellness profession by one making a good example and being a good influence to the client. I think, I do have a duty and an obligation to my clients to have developed or be developing my own health through human flourishing psychologically, physically, and spiritually. My mom had taught me a saying a long time ago and I have incorporated into my life. "Practice what you preach!" If I am unable to develop integral health, my clients may see or feel as if it is a unnecessary cause. I sure do not want my clients to feel that way! I can implement psychological and spiritual growth in my personal and professional life by identifying my weakness and train the consciousness with contemplative exercises and practices for psychospiritual flourishing and human flourishing.
Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine. p. 477. St. Louis, Missouri:Elsevier